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Pre-Hardmode NPCs

Welcome to our guide to Terraria NPCs. NPCs are characters in Terraria that you cannot play. Their primary purpose is to provide useful information to you and help you in the game. To interact with an NPC, stand near the NPC and use the Open/Activate button on them. (This is usually the Right Click button on a mouse, the B button on Xbox, and the Circle button Playstation.) Some NPCs will sell you items and some can also purchase items from you for coins.

We've put together a guide on how to obtain each NPC, the items they drop, the items they sell, their defending weapon, and their stats (such as max life, defense, damage, knockback resistance, etc.). CLick on an NPC's name to see more information.
How to Acquire
Items Sold
Defending Weapon
Guide Starting a new world. The guide only needs a house with side and back walls, a chair, and a table.
Wooden Bow (with Wooden Arrows) (Pre-Hardmode), Wooden Bow (with Flaming Arrows) (Hardmode)
Merchant Build a home and have at least 50 Silver Coin. Throwing Knife
Nurse Build a home and have at least 100 health.
Demolitionist Build a home and have an explosive. Grenades
Dye Trader Build a home and either acquire a Dye item or have any material used to make dye in your inventory (e.g. yellow marigold). You also need to defeat a pre-Hardmode boss OR have a Strange Plant. Exotic Scimitar
Dryad Have a house and defeat at least one boss. King Slime, Lepus or the Wall of Flesh do not count. Eye of Cthulu, Eater of Worlds, Brain of Cthulu, Skeletron, Queen Bee, Destroyer, Twins, Plantera, Gollem, and Skeleton Prime count. Dryad's Blessing
Tavernkeep Defeat Eater of Worlds or Brain of Cthulhu. Then find the Tavernkeep and speak to him. Ale
Arms Dealer Have bullets or a gun that shoots bullets in your inventory. Flintlock Pistol (Pre-Hardmode), Minishark (Hardmode)
Stylist Have a house. Find the Stylist underground in a Spider Nest. Stylish Scissors
Painter Have a house and at least 7 (4 on mobile and 3DS versions) other town NPCs. The guide is included. Paintball Gun
Angler Build a suitable house and then travel to an Ocean Biome.
Frost Daggerfish
Goblin Tinkerer Build a house, defeat a Goblen Invation, and then find the Goblin Tinkerer in the cavern layer underground. Spiky Balls
Witch Doctor Defeat the Queen Bee. Blowgun
Clothier Defeat Skeletron. Book of Skulls
Mechanic You can find the Mechanic in the Dungeon. Wrench
Party Girl You must have at least 13 (on desktop, console, and 3DS version) or 8 (on old-gen console and mobile version) town NPCs. The Party Girl has a chance of spawning at dawn everyday. Happy Grenade